Etheridge Knight

(1931 - 1991 / Mississippi)

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  • Paul Ganz (5/4/2014 5:42:00 AM)

    I can feel the rhythm of the deep South and the banjo blues of the wonderful lyrics.

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  • Palas Kumar Ray Palas Kumar Ray (5/3/2014 11:59:00 AM)

    I am happy to come across your works dear poet.Your words comes out straight from the life you lived. My sincere tribute to you.

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A Poem For Myself

I was born in Mississippi;
I walked barefooted thru the mud.
Born black in Mississippi,
Walked barefooted thru the mud.
But, when I reached the age of twelve
I left that place for good.
My daddy chopped cotton
And he drank his liquor straight.
Said my daddy chopped cotton
And he drank his liquor straight.
When I left that Sunday morning
He was leaning on the barnyard gate.
Left my mama standing
With the sun shining in her eyes.
Left her standing in the yard
With the sun shining in her eyes.
And I headed North
As straight as the Wild Goose ...

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